Clinical/Evaluative Programs : Pediatric Health Behavior Research Lab

Research Projects

Current Research Projects:

Self-Management in Adolescents and Research in Type 1 – This four year extension follow-up study will analyze patterns of self-management and adherence to type 1 diabetes during mid to late-adolescence and identify salient predictors of self-management, treatment adherence, and glycemic control.
Simple Tips for Office Practice: Low literacy Tools for Growing Healthy Together – The purpose of the proposed study is to assess the efficacy of a low-literacy/numeracy-oriented intervention to promote healthy lifestyles and preventing obesity among young children in under-resourced communities.
Healthy Lifestyle Intervention for Grandparents: Hialeah Healthy Families – The specific aims of this study are to: Design a culturally sensitive healthy lifestyle intervention for grandparents who are caretakers of children, use information from focus groups to inform intervention materials, and test the effectiveness of the intervention on improving diet, increasing physical activity, and decreasing sedentary activity for both grandparents and grandchildren.
Web-based Family Intervention for Overweight Children – The overall aim of the proposed project is to develop an interactive web-based program designed to assist overweight children to lose weight.
Healthy Mom Healthy Baby – This is an 6 week intervention study to test the effects of an educational program on pregnant women’s health habits, including nutrition, physical activity, and stress management, with the ultimate goal of decreasing their children’s risk for obesity in the future.

Past Research Projects:

Study of Latino Youth – This study aimed to evaluate the influence of youth acculturation and intergenerational differences in acculturation between youth and parents on youths lifestyle behaviors and their cardio-metabolic risk profiles, test the association of parenting strategies and practices with children’s lifestyle behaviors and cardio-metabolic risk profiles, and assess the influence of youths psychosocial functioning on youth lifestyle behaviors and cardio-metabolic risk profiles.
Family Intervention for Children Newly Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus – The goals of this study were to: have a positive impact on glycemic control (hemoglobin A1c), reduce conflict around diabetes management, improve family supportive behaviors for diabetes management, and decrease negative affect related to blood-glucose monitoring.
Behavioral Intervention for Type 2 Diabetes in Youth – The specific aims of the research are to identify behavioral and psychosocial issues related to management of type 2 diabetes in youth. We will also conduct exploratory focus groups with representative members of the target population to better understand the needs of the participants and to assure cultural appropriateness and language for future intervention programs.
Study Of Latino Abuela Study – The specific aims of this study were: to assess the relationship between grandparent involvement and child health status and health behaviors, to assess whether there is an interaction between the effect of grandparent involvement on child health status and health behaviors and ethnicity, to assess whether grandparent feeding and physical activity practices and dietary and physical activity acculturation predict child’s health status and health behaviors, to assess whether concordance between parents and grandparents on feeding parenting practices, physical activity parenting practices, dietary acculturation, and physical activity acculturation mediate the relationship between grandparent involvement and child health status and health behaviors, and to create and assess the psychometric properties of a measure designed to assess level of acculturation in regard to dietary intake and physical activity.